A Delicate Sight uses darkness, closed books, unseen pictures and partially heard songs to explore the promise of the imagination.
In 2015 visual artist Sam Winston started using a blacked-out studio to make art in. Winston lived and drew without sight, creating images that were informed by sound, touch and the written word.
‘I started doing a series of drawings in total blackout because I had become interested in how we form relationships to what we can’t see. I would set up the studio a week at a time in darkness and produce a series of drawings whilst not knowing how they were progressing.
‘In 2019 I spent a month living in darkness whilst making a series of artworks. Partly as a way to escape screen culture but also as a way to experience a prolonged period of imagination.’
Sam approached a group of writers – Bernardine Evaristo, Max Porter, Raymond Antrobus and Don Paterson – and asked them to take part in ‘darkness residences’. They each spent a period of time, ranging from a few hours to overnight, in complete blackout. From their experience, they generated drawings, texts and film inspired by their time in the dark.
A Delicate Sight showcases their work and also invites you to explore your own world of heightened senses.
The complete experience will take approximately two hours – so turn off your phone, grab a blindfold and enjoy where the darkness takes you!
Leading writers take up ‘darkness residencies’ for art project (Guardian, May 2020)
Can we escape from information overload? (The Economist, May 2020)
‘Of most importance to me is the, kind of, recapturing of the human, now … just being the fact of a human being breathing in a dark room’ – Max Porter